Denis W. Gaines Sr., 82, passed away on June 8, 2019, at home in Comfort, Texas. He was born in Sharon, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania, to Harry W. and Ruth (neé Koonce) Gaines on April 8, 1937.
He married Patricia J. Edmundson Butler on April 18, 1970, in Clute, Brazoria Co., Texas.
He graduated from PSJA High School in Pharr, Texas, in 1955 and then attended Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas. He joined the Texas Army Reserves in 1955 and worked as a supply clerk until his separation in 1961. He worked as a mechanic for the R.L. Kinsel Company in Houston until 1974, when he decided that he’d rather work for himself.
Denis and Pat began collecting “everything from lace to plows” in the early 1970s, and have owned the Highway 87 Flea Market in Comfort since the mid-90s.
Denis was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ruth Gaines; his sister, Nancy Little; and his step-daughter, Marcia E Butler.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; his children, the Rev. Father Michael E. Butler and Annette Butler of Livonia, Michigan, Denis Wesley and Mary Gaines of Mesquite, Texas, Ms. Becky S. Baker of Palestine, Texas, and Ms. Julie J. Gaines of Comfort; his sister, Dorothy Chapapas of Mission, Texas; and his half-brother, Sam Tallo and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Kennerdell, Pennsylvania; his seven grandchildren, Jeremy and Christopher Butler of Livonia, Michigan, Sara, Barbara (Bobbie), Emily and Hannah Gaines of Mesquite, Texas, and Ricky Baker of Palestine, Texas.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, with a Memorial at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville, Texas.
Burial arrangements at Restwood Memorial Cemetery in Clute, Texas, will be announced as soon as plans are confirmed.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the Hill Country Memorial Hospice staff, especially Carol Latham, RN, and Irene Gurrola, CNA, for their care and compassion during the past few weeks. Their patience when Denis told them to “wait a minute” was beyond measure, and we are unable to fully express our thanks and gratitude during our time of great strife and sorrow.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.